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High On Life is the Biggest Game Pass Launch of 2022 and Biggest 3rd Party Game Pass Launch Ever

High On Life is the Biggest Game Pass Launch of 2022 and Biggest 3rd Party Game Pass Launch Ever - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 20 December 2022 / 3,087 Views

Squanch Games released the comedy first-person shooter, High On Life, a week ago and it has already set several records

High On Life is the biggest Xbox Game Pass launch of 2022 and the biggest third-party Game Pass launch ever. It also had the biggest release of a single player-only game in Game Pass history.

"This was our first time launching a game with Game Pass," said Mike Fridley, Studio Director and COO of Squanch Games. "And we’ve been blown away by the response from the players who have made us the most popular game on Game Pass right now.

"When Squanch Games was first created, it was to make the games we wanted to play – and Game Pass is helping us reach the players that want to play those games too."

High On Life is the Biggest Game Pass Launch of 2022 and Biggest 3rd Party Game Pass Launch Ever

General Manager of Content Planning at Xbox Matt Percy added, "High On Life is an incredibly unique title that we’ve been excited about for a long time. It’s fantastic to see so many Game Pass members jump into it at launch to experience Squanch’s story for themselves ahead of the holidays."

High On Life is available for the Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, and Xbox Game Pass.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Azzanation (on 20 December 2022)

Its actually a pretty solid and funny as hell game. And i am not even a Rick and Morty fan.

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scrapking Azzanation (on 22 December 2022)

If I was a member of a team that had slaved away on a game for a couple/few years, I'd want it on Game Pass too. It would hugely increase the number of people who get to appreciate the game I had worked on (and was presumably proud of)! It would likely increase the number of people who play it by at least hundreds of thousands if it's an indie game, and by millions if it's a AAA release.

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ironmanDX (on 21 December 2022)

I bet they're rushing out to get some dlc released! Going to make bank. I've yet to play it,only downloaded it thus far.

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Giggity_goo (on 20 December 2022)

i completed it over 2 days (no guides) i really enjoyed it only issue i had with it is that the combat is way to easy even on hardest setting and im not a hardcore gamer. so ye glad i didnt pay for it

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halil23 (on 24 December 2022)

Not hard to achieve when xbox has no games! 🤦

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Vizigoth04 (on 20 December 2022)


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LivncA_Dis3 (on 21 December 2022)

Needed to wait a whole azz year just to get some buzz going on the gamepass again

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Johnd (on 20 December 2022)

Of course it was the biggest. Its one of the very few exclusive launchs on gamepass all year!
2022 was a wash out

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smroadkill15 Johnd (on 20 December 2022)

The game being popular has nothing to do with it being exclusive. It's very popular on Steam as well. No need to downplay its success because it's not on your preferred system.

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The Fury smroadkill15 (on 20 December 2022)

While I agree with this statement, the article is specifically about it's success on GamePass, not overall even if it has been. They aren't playing down the success of the game.

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chakkra Johnd (on 20 December 2022)

Yeah.. I can totally picture millions of people saying: "What!? You want me to play Plague's Tale? Nahh, that's not an exclusive!" ... "What? Persona 5?? Nahh.. Look, I don't care if it has a 95 MC score! That's not an exclusive, I'm not playing that s*t!"

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ice Johnd (on 20 December 2022)

regardless of 2022, tons of 3rd party games have launched n gamepass and HOL is still the biggest, just because it's a slow year for MS 1st party it certainly wasn't an automatic guarantee for success as a slew of launch gamepass 3rd parties came out this year and didn't have viral success.

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Imaginedvl Johnd (on 21 December 2022)

Did you even look at the games that came out on GamePass this year (exclusive or not) this year before posting that non sense?

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KratosLives (on 21 December 2022)
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